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  • Michel Temer gestures to Finance Minister Meirelles at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

    Michel Temer gestures to Finance Minister Meirelles at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia | Photo: Reuters

Senators who voted in favor of suspending Rousseff want something in return to follow through with the impeachment process.

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer is distributing political favors in exchange for support over the final vote to impeach Dilma Rousseff, according to news outlet Estadao.

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Lawmakers are trading in their votes for government support in local disputes, positions inside the government, and even the command of the country's largest corporate funder, BNDES.

Temer met with senators in Jarabu Palace, with most of the meetings held outside the official agenda.

"Temer is buying the party. It’s an explicit buying of support," said Senator Roberto Requiao from the same party as Temer, the PMDB, although Requiao is against impeaching Rousseff.

According to senators close to Temer, one of the most shocking requests came by Helio José, who asked for 34 positions including the presidency of hydroelectric dam Itaipu, the national Postal Service, the National Fund for Education Development, and the direction of BNDES.

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Senator Romario, who voted for the impeachment, was hesitant about the final vote after a few days, so he asked the government for the direction of the National Promotion Secretariat of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to be part of the board for the city parish of Furnas.

Senator Zeze Perrella obtained the National Football Secretariat for his son, Gustavo Perrella. In one local dispute in Paraná, two of Temer’s allies, Governor Beto Richa and Senator Alvaro Dias, are political opponents who have been competing for influence in Itaipu.

The final vote to decide if Dilma Rousseff is impeached or not is expected to take place in August.


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